Guadalcanal Diary

Synopsis: Concentrating on the personal lives of those involved, a war correspondent takes us through the preparations, landing and initial campaign on Guadalcanal during WWII.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Lewis Seiler
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
93 min

put in another slug of gin.

- What a sweet old lady.

- Yeah.

- Well, good night, Taxi.

- Good night.

Yes, this has been a peaceful, lazy day of rest

almost everywhere on the ship.

Despite the fact that tomorrow or the next day

we"ll know where we"re headed.

Where possibly we may be wounded or die

on some Japanese beachhead.

- What"s going on?

- l don"t know.

- Where"d they come from?

- Look at "em.

ls that a task force for ya!

How many are there?

Must be about a thousand.

- So we"re out on manoeuvres, eh?

- My eye. Looks like the real McCoy.

- Where"s Jordan? He"ll know the answer.

- Jordan, come here.

Give us the lowdown. What are they?

The Pepsi-Cola. The llluscious.

- Boy, that"s a heap of "em.

- Now if we only knew where we were going.

Looks like we mean business, Colonel.

lt"s a cheerful thought to be going into this

with all this power and force behind us.

- What"s this coming?

- That"s the FCPL.

They got a civilian with them.

How do you do, Mr Weatherby?

l"m Colonel Grayson.

- Dispatches, sir.

- Well, now maybe we"ll find out something.

- Tokyo?

- Could be.

Gentlemen, we"re going to atack

the Japanese strongholds

on Guadalcanal and Tulagi

in the Solomon lslands.


The Navy and Coast Guard will put us ashore.

Once established, our objective is an airfield

which the enemy has almost completed.

Mr Weatherby, who has supervised

a copra plantation there,

will tell you some of the difficulties

you may expect to encounter.

Well, fellas, this is

a detailed map of Guadalcanal.

After crossing the beach

you"ll have to penetrate a field of grass

from four to six feet high - and it"s

good stuff for the Japs to hide in too.

""Headquarters, fifth regiment, first marine

division, fleet marine force, 26th July 1942.""

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Lamar Trotti

Lamar Jefferson Trotti (October 18, 1900 – August 28, 1952) was an American screenwriter, producer, and motion picture executive. more…

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